Jenny of Oldstones

So, as the pandemic began to ramp up and take over in early 2020, I started to turn to my art more and more than I had before, except for some periods of time where I had been more consistent.

Over some time, while taking my kids out for morning walks during homeschooling, I continued to play music playlists on my phone as we walked and my daughter took a certain liking to one song: “Jenny of Oldstones.”

The song, performed by Florence and The Machine as part of the 8th season soundtrack for HBO’s Game of Thrones television series based on George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, of which Game of Thrones is the first in the series.

The song/poem first appeared in the 3rd book of the series, Storm of Swords, and was a story about Jenny of Oldstones, who married the doomed Duncan Targaryen, the Prince of Dragonstone who died at the tragedy of Summerhall with his father. It comes up several times, but in particular is mentioned when Catelyn Tully when a younger girl she had camped near the now ruined castle of Oldstones.

Lyrics

High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones who had loved her the most

The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp old stones
Spun away all her sorrow and pain

And she never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave

They danced through the day
And into the night through the snow that swept through the hall
From winter to summer then winter again
‘Til the walls did crumble and fall

And she never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave
And she never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave
Never wanted to leave, never wanted to leave

High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found
And the ones
Who had loved her the most

Songwriters: Ramin Djawadi / George Raymond Richard Martin / David Benioff / Dan Weiss

So, it was from listening to this song that I produced the original black and white image.

Original is in pencil and pen, with a touch of color with color marker for the fire place.

Interestingly, it was a comment of my friend Rebecca, who on seeing this, noted she could not wait to see it in color. I had actually not intended to do a color version but then decided, based on my past use of digital coloring for the Dune comic, decided to have a more sustained go at it.

Here is what was produced:

Color done via visual mark up of the image via my iPad.

This would end up being part of a small series I have referred to as “the anonymous/faceless woman” series.

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